Green Apple on Red – acrylic painting

Apples are the best-of-the-best where fruits are concerned – I grew up with apple orchards all around me and there is nothing like fresh fruit right off the tree.  It’s really hard to resist a good-looking apple.  My all-time favorite used to be yellow-delicious, but the last few years bumper crops of Honey-Crisps have come out of the States of Washington and Michigan – wow, some of the best I’ve ever tasted.

Green Apple on Red, is an acrylic painting (7×6) done on Canson Canva-paper (I love this canvas-like paper to paint on, it takes lots of layers and abuse!).   The green was a good challenge for me in mixing colors and not the easiest to match to the reference,  but was acceptable in the end.  My goal in this piece was two-fold, for the table covering to show as a heavy linen coming over the table, but painted light enough so that the edges faded away, and second, for the apple to hold its own with a bit of substance.  I liked the workout I got with this small painting.

Here’s to a great 2018 and thanks for visiting!

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61 Responses to Green Apple on Red – acrylic painting

  1. Looks crisp and delicious. 🙂

  2. Jane Lurie says:

    You have a gift, Mary. I want to take a bite! 🙂

  3. I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award because your work is beautiful and a constant delight and brings sunshine to all who have the privilege of witnessing it.

  4. Apples (like horses) are difficult to render and you, Miss Mary,
    succeed admirably

    Big hugs

    uncle john

    • Mary says:

      Hi Uncle John, thanks so much for your kind feedback – always appreciate hearing from you. Hope you are well and best new years wishes to you.

  5. Cecilia says:

    Absolutely beautiful! What a great talent you have!

  6. Love the colours 😊

  7. nutsfortreasure says:

    Surround by them as well. Deer and Turkey probably would not survive without them either maybe turkey too 🙂 Pretty still life I need to try more.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Eunice – I’ll bet the benefits of living by orchards (humans and animals). Stay safe with your storm (of all storms).

      • nutsfortreasure says:

        We lived but tonight will be brutal Spring next week 🙂

        • Mary says:

          Oh man brutal wasn’t the word for it. We saw in the paper today, all the way here in DFW that someone was skating on York beach, the water froze – couldn’t believe it. Stay warm!!

          • nutsfortreasure says:

            Yes and we had skiers going behind cars on the city streets of Boston they must truly be winter lovers lol I had all I could to just remove enough her to mover around the yard safely . Will be in 50’s with 2 inches of rain hope I took enough snow off my roof knee would not allow me to be that high on ladder oh well I tried eek

  8. ladyfi says:

    So beautiful! Here’s wishing you a year filled with lovely painting.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Fiona and all the best to you as well. Can only imagine the beautiful photographs you’ll capture – the best part is you let us enjoy these beautiful scenes!

  9. Gallivanta says:

    Is this a Honey Crisp? I am an apple lover and this one looks delicious.

    • Mary says:

      The apple in my painting is a Granny Smith, which is a great cooking apple – sour and crunchy (holds up well). I’m going to have to paint a few honey crisps, have several good specimens to choose from – I think that will be a future painting project.

  10. Resa says:

    It’s a beauty, Mary, a beauty! ❤

  11. Jet Eliot says:

    You captured the beauty of an apple so well, Mary, this is so elegant. I like the light of the red cloth shining on the apple, too.

    • Mary says:

      Great to see you Jet – Happy New Years! Thanks very much for your nice comments and also for noticing that red cast shadow. Looking forward to seeing your photography and wonderful stories behind the scenes.

  12. Amy says:

    Beautiful, so beautiful Mary! The colors and the heavy linen table cover is so well done.
    The Honey-Crisps from Washington State is my favorite, too. 🙂
    Best wishes for 2018!

  13. Susan Feniak says:

    Looks ready to eat! Nothing like biting into a good fresh crisp apple. Excellent as always Mary.

  14. That’s a really good one to start the year! Fun fact: I’m very picky about my apples aswell, but prefer the red ones. 🙂

  15. Beautiful…I also love apples and grew up surrounded by apple orchards and so understand what you are saying. They are a lovely subject to paint. Thank you .

  16. I love apples too, Mary. I typically eat two a day. Of course none are as beautiful as your painting. I love the green on red! Happy New Year, my friend. xo

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Jill for your compliment and thoughts! Do you get Honey Crisps back East – this year they are amazingly good, sweet and very juicy! Happy New Years too!

  17. Haven’t seen one of your posts lately but nice to find this little jewel that gave you a workout! Wishing you good things in 2018!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Coastal – wonderful to see you. Thought of you during Harvey and hope that you didn’t sustain damage from the storm. Best wishes for a fantastic 2018!

  18. swo8 says:

    Love this Mary. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  19. Mary, so beautiful! I Love you still lifes…this one apple and background is a just stunning!

  20. Beautiful! It make me desiring to bite it…!

  21. dorannrule says:

    Well done -As always. 😊

  22. Nisha Sharma says:

    Amazing artist you are Mary!
    Best wishes and happy new year ⭐💕

  23. neihtn2012 says:

    A very auspicious beginning for 2018, Mary. It may look simple, but I can imagine the minute details and care that you put into this painting.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Hien – I fused with the apple like you couldn’t believe and finally said okay time to move on. Granny Smith apples have the odd green tint to them, very hard to mix-up. Thought about you the other day had a hawk taking care of a squirrel he caught – took a few photographs, but none as clear as the amazing images you get. Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment!

  24. Novus Lectio says:


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